Sports Roundup - Sparts defeat Aussies in ‘fun’ exhibition/Narte sees the ‘Rain’ in win

Davis scores 24 as Bainbridge gets ready for league play.

After a tough first half of the season, the Bainbridge boys basketball team got to relax a bit Monday night.

The Spartans defeated the South West Roos, a U-18 club team from Australia in an 73-46 exhibition game at Paski Gymnasium.

It’s Bainbridge’s second win in a row following a 56-51 victory over Lake Washington in the seventh place game at the BCC Holiday Tournament Dec. 30.

Head coach Scott Orness said they enjoyed getting to play a team from another country and have the players host the Australian players in their homes.

“I think every game for us there’s a little pressure because we’re trying to find ourselves,” he said. “We’re getting there.

“It’s just a great experience for these guys,” Orness continued. “To host a player and see another culture and just enjoy each other. You could tell both teams were having fun out there tonight.”

After the pre-game gift exchange (Bainbridge gave the Roos a team shirt while the Roos gave the Spartans a gold kangaroo pin) it was time to get down to brass tacks.

Caleb Davis led the way in the first quarter with 10 points, including two three pointers and a fast break layin off a nice assist from Jimmy Baggett.

The Roos increased the pressure defensively in the second quarter and closed the Spartans’ lead to 10, but Davis knocked down another three and Ben Eisenhardt scored inside to push the lead back to 15.

That was as close as the Roos got, as Davis and Nick Fling opened the third quarter with six points combined.

Bainbridge took care of business in the fourth with 22 points.

Despite the differences in both teams, Orness felt the Roos had some talented players.

“I thought (Aaron Black and Cameron Cranley) were great players,” he said. “They can play in any league. They’d do well in Metro and be some of the top players.”

Black led the Roos with 18 points.

Roos head coach Wayne Hayres said he and the team are enjoying their time in the States playing different teams, experiencing organized basketball and seeing the sights.

They started preparing for the trip a year ago.

“It was a group of guys who had heard the stories that I told about my trips (to the U.S.) and then the parents got behind them and said ‘listen, if you want to go, we’ll fundraise,’” raising $30,000 in the process.

Hayres, a top Australian player in the mid-80s before a knee injury ended his career, said he was impressed with the play of the Spartans.

“They’re really disciplined and structured,” he said. “They just broke us down.

“The boys here are physically bigger and fitter (as well).”

While the Roos move on to play Bothell and Woodinville in the next few days, the Spartans get ready for Metro League play.

They opened against Eastside Catholic last night and take on arch-rival O’Dea on Friday.

Eisenhardt said they’ll be ready to do battle for a playoff spot.

“Coach has been saying we’ve been getting better at different things each game,” he said. “Today we really worked on getting on the floor and getting offensive boards. I feel like if we can keep going we can make a run (to the playoffs).”

Mike Walsh and Jesse Powell sat out for disciplinary reasons.

Orness said he’s unsure when they’ll be back.

Tip-off against the Fighting Irish is at 6:15 p.m.

Narte sees the ‘Rain’ in win

As Eli Narte was discussing his win at the Rainshadow Tournament, head coach Dan Pippinger walked by.

“It was pretty easy,” he said with a grin.

Narte just smiled.

“It wasn’t that easy,” he said.

The junior had his work cut out for him, but won the 135-pound title at the tournament in Sequim over the weekend.

He pinned Port Townsend’s Chris Windle in 5:44 in the opening match, then pinned Mt. Rainier’s Travis Guiasola in 4:43.

Narte then defeated Cedarcrest’s Bryan Carroll by a 6-0 decision and Port Angeles’ Adam Raemer by a 6-3 decision for his first tournament title this season and a record of 13-2 for the season.

“It was a pretty good match,” Narte said. “He was pretty good in his stance, but his coach said I was a pretty good rider.

Head coach Dan Pippinger said that Narte has improved tremendously since his freshman year.

“He is a good control wrestler,” Pippinger said. “His strength this year is that he’s a great rider on top.

“He just controls the guy,” he continued. “He doesn’t let him get away. He’s really learned what we call a ‘cowboy ride.’ He just gets up and controls it.

“If you’re a good ‘top’ wrestler and you can control a guy, it makes him feel pretty useless. You feel like if you can’t get out of the bottom, you can’t escape from the guy, it’s pretty mentally dominating. By the third round the guy’s thinking ‘I can’t get away from this guy.’”

His teammate Mathew Ritualo took second in the 125-pound class.

The senior co-captain pinned Bremerton’s Ryan Anderson, Clover Park’s Angel Torres and Klahowya’s Ammon Jensen in his first three matches but lost to Cedarcrest’s Ty Howard.

Keith Robert placed fifth as he won his opening bout over Bremerton’s Kevin Shardelman but lost his next match to Klahowya’s Danny Zimny by a 7-5 decision.

He rebounded to win his next two matches over Cedarcrest’s Scotty Brittain and Shardelman again, but lost to Sequim’s Alex O’Donnell.

Robert defeated Thomas Jefferson’s Paul Johnson by an 8-4 decision for fifth.

James Gaunivinaka won two matches while Mason Remy and Vlad Rakhimzyanov each won one match.

Bainbridge takes on Lakeside tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., with the team hosting its annual Wrestling Against Hunger Night, where they take food donations to benefit Helpline House.

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